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Startup Nation Alternative Energy Technology Section; did you know?
26/08/2014
The term “Startup Nation” has become synonymous with Israel, and rightly so, as the country has a startup for every 1,800 people and never stops to stun the world with revolutionary breakthroughs. In fact, Israel has the largest number of startups in the world.

Ranked second in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. Even in absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech. With research aligned accordingly to complement industrial innovations, Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people – as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

 

At the forefront of alternative energy innovation are a number of homegrown Israeli companies that have come up with unique solutions for harnessing the power of the sun, wind, waves and waste into the energy sources of the future. We took this opportunity to highlight some of those technology companies for you.

 

Emefcy

 

Did you know that the stuff you flush down the toilet could be used to charge your phone? Well neither did we until we heard about Israeli company Emefcy’s efforts to find a certain kind of bacteria in waste that produces electricity as it decomposes organic matter. Founded in 2007, Emefcy’s goal from the get-go has been to harness the power of these bacteria so that it can be used as a source of constantly renewable energy. So far, they have identified three kinds of bacteria that are naturally present in wastewater and produce about half a volt of electricity each, proving Emefcy has achieved its goal of “self-cleaning” wastewater, saving treatment companies anywhere from 30-50 percent annually on electricity bills. Named part of the 2013 Global Cleantech 100, Emefcy’s revolution in the world of wastewater and insights into new ways to generate electricity may dramatically change the way we look at (value) waste. Tech Energy Industries.

 

Deriving literal meaning from the well-known adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Energy Industries recently began a project in Kumasi, Ghana, the African nation’s second largest city, to construct a power plant that will run solely on the methane gas emitted from a giant landfill of organic waste. In addition to the garbage-run power plant project, Energy Industries has also invented an environmentally sound method for heating greenhouses located in cold climates, which require large amounts of electricity and boilers to keep them at the right temperature.

 

Pythagoras Solar

 

Pythagoras Company has developed important technology to advance our increasingly urban lives into the age of alternative energy. The company’s aim is to create a system of solar panel-covered skyscrapers and office buildings that will essentially power themselves through a Photovoltaic Glass Unit, or window with solar cells that save and generate energy from the sun.

With Israel’s own parliamentary building, the Knesset, set to become the world’s first to generate its own electricity using solar panels, creative alternative energy solutions based on existing infrastructure like the ones offered by Pythagoras Solar are certainly a step in the right direction.

 

Bluesphere

 

The company builds, owns and operates (BOO) waste-to-energy plants, creating biofuels from thousands of tons of food and farm waste, which is then sold to local utilities providers to power steam turbines used in electricity production. The company prides itself on constructing its waste processing plants near areas were feedstock and food production waste is readily available in order to reduce transportation costs and pollution.

 

 

Ormat Technologies

 

Thanks to geothermal energy, Israel is deriving cleaner energy from the Earth’s fiery core all while building green bridges with the world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia. Ormat Technologies founded in Israel, is in the top three of the world’s leading geothermal energy companies and is one of the only companies involved in recovered energy generation, the process of substituting energy-laden power plants with systems run on geothermal energy. Using their Ormat Energy Converter (OEC), a power generation unit that converts low, medium and high-temperature geothermal heat into electricity with little to no emissions, Ormat Technologies is transforming the future of our battery-powered, coal-driven planet with the natural energy located right under our feet. To date, the company has installed over 750 geothermal power plants worldwide, including a number in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Germany, Japan, Kenya, and India.

 

SDE Wave Energy

 

The future of alternative energy may be as peaceful as waves gently crashing on a beach, or at least that was the inspiration for the creation of SDE Wave Energy solutions by founder and CEO Shmuel Ovadia. The company, which was named a world leader in sea wave energy technologies and secured a place among the Top 100 Clean Energy Technologies in 2012, dominates its field with its technology that uses the power of both a wave’s ascent and descent in an efficient and fully automated method of suspension. Just last year, following a massive power failure in India that left 600 million people without electricity, the Indian government turned to SDE to construct power plants along the coastline that could act as back-up power sources in the case of emergency.

 

Producing electricity at about half the cost of conventional methods, SDE’s wave energy plants have also been installed in India, Israel, China and nine other coastal destinations around the globe. Brenmiller Energy Solar energy is one of the most readily available sources of alternative energy to date, but the methods of harvesting it are in need of a drastic makeover. The Brenmiller method, based on solar thermal methods that take the heat of the sun, convert it into steam and then into electricity, eliminates the environmental hazards of other solar thermal systems on the market and can potentially be used to fuel nearly 70 percent of the average power station’s energy needs, come rain or come shine. Currently the company is completing construction of an entirely self-sustainable and self-cleaning ‘floating’ solar thermal field in Israel’s Negev desert that will be its pilot for future projects. 

 

Source: Embassy of Israel

 

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